Credit card leak suspected in Spain
By UK CreditCards.com
UK residents who used their credit cards abroad during a Spanish holiday could have been caught up in a major fraud scam.
A suspected data breach has been uncovered at a payments firm that works with international credit card companies Visa and MasterCard. This could have led to transaction details being leaked to fraudsters, putting credit card customers at risk of ID theft.
Reports have suggested that around 100,000 cards will be recalled in Germany as a result of the alleged scam and that police have launched an investigation into the matter.
Andreas Martin of the German Central Credit Card Commission told Deutsche Welle: "A number of credit card distributors have been affected including some from other countries. We are not sure how many cardholders were in Spain at the time in question."
Meanwhile, Visa Europe said that there had been a "possible card data security issue in Spain," but that "no details are yet confirmed" about the breach.
Published: 18 November 2009
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